Associate Scientist, Product Development
Cargill - Sidney, OH

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Associate Scientist, Product Development



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Founded in 1865, Cargill is a privately held company and employs 142,000 people in 65 countries with annual revenues in excess of $133.9 billion. Through innovation, creativity and teamwork, we are transforming entire markets and

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Cargill Dressings, Sauces & Oils refines vegetable and tropical oils and animal fat for a wide range of food and nonfood manufacturers. We also make shortenings, frying oils, mayonnaise, dressings, and sauces for the foodservice industry.

The business operates seven oil refineries, five shortening and oil packaging plants, a mayonnaise production facility, a dressings plant and a culinary sauce facility, all of which are located in the United States. We also operate an edible oil refinery in Mexico.

Customers include major food manufacturers and quick-service and casual-dining restaurant chains. Dressings Sauces & Oils is integrated with Cargill's soybean crushing activities, which provide a reliable source of crude soybean oil for further processing.

The Product Development Associate Scientist is a key member of the Dressings, Sauces and Mayonnaise (DSM) Product Development team. The general responsibility of the position is to support the technical and development projects within DSM. The Associate Scientist may be assigned to support specific customers, plants, and other special projects. A primary responsibility of the position will be to support the senior development team in the launch of new products from bench level formulation through commercialization. This would include all the supporting activities such as creating specifications, process instructions and product approvals.

Principal Accountabilities:
30% - Collaborate with Culinary Team and Operations to effectively support senior development team in the launch of new products from bench level formulation through commercialization.

20% - Generate formula technical data, including ingredient declaration, nutritional information, allergens data and specifications.

20% - Support cost saving and product improvement opportunities through evaluation of alternate raw materials, ingredients, packaging materials and manufacturing conditions.

15% - Collaborate with Quality Assurance and facility Quality Control Managers to follow and support practices regarding food safety and product quality issues.

15% - Product development lab management including coordination/stocking of raw materials and general lab maintenance.


Required Qualifications:
B.S. Degree in Food Science, Nutrition, Biology or other closely related scientific field

Solid command of food science principles and understanding of ingredient functionality

Analytical thinker and problem solver

Demonstrated ability to work as member of cross functional team

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Food Science or closely related field

2 years food industry experience

Food industry internship

Experience with dressings & sauces formulations/processing

Demonstrated leadership ability

Cargill is an EEO/AA employer.


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